The atomic bombing of Hiroshima at the end of World War II should strengthen the world’s determination not to repeat the mistakes of the past, the Turkish president said in a message at a memorial service marking the 75th anniversary of the bombing of the Japanese city.
The ceremony took place in Tokyo Peace Park for the hundreds of thousands who lost their lives and were hit by the US bombing on August 6, 1945.
“I share my condolences with the Japanese people, and in particular those who have been trying to overcome their pain for 75 years, having lost their loved ones”, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a statement, calling the bombing one of the darkest days in world history.
“We must learn from this horrible event; As it is engraved on the column in the memory park, this day should signal our determination not to repeat the mistakes of the past”, he added.
Representing Turkey and President Erdogan at the ceremony were Turkish Ambassador to Tokyo Hasan Murat Merkan, and a Turkish delegation./ibna